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2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

Free Public Events on Renewing the Rohnert Park Urban Growth Boundary – Measure B. Greenbelt Alliance is sponsoring three free public events in Rohnert Park to educate voters about renewing the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) with Measure B on the  November 5, 2019 election ballot. Ride and Roam Rohnert Park Bike Ride,  Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 am to 12 noon Ride with community leaders to tour the city  and see how UGB works. Rohnert Park UGB Yes on Measure B Campaign Mixer at Sally Tomatoes,  Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park  Thursday, October 10, 5 to 7 pm.

 

2019-07-01Jul 1, 2019

For many locals in our Northern California community, reading that we are in the midst of a devastating imbalance within our Pacific coastal intertidal zones will not come as a surprise. This is due to a chain of events spanning almost 200 years.  This story is one of ripples, spreading ever outward: one imbalance leads to another, and another. While a perfect solution is not clear, educating the public about the problem is crucial.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

An August 5 Daily Acts fundraiser will feature the authors of The Fight Against Monsanto: The Politics of Pesticides and local activist groups pushing for pesticide bans in Sonoma County.

2019-06-24Jun 24, 2019

The California Coastal Commission today posted notice of their upcoming public hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed helicopter dispersal of 1.5 tons of poison bait pellets in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off of Marin and San Francisco this fall.

 

2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019

Bring the whole family for a day outside of the house and you’ll find a car show a perfect way to get in some bonding time with your spouse or the kids. If you have a classic of your own, be sure to show her off when you enter her into one of the shows happening in and around the Sonoma County area. If you’re ready for a good time, these shows are where it’s at!

 

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

“Can the girls really do it?  Can they keep up with the boys?” I am not sure how to describe how it felt when they announced that we had won first place overall.  I mean, how does one describe a dream coming true besides the absolute best thing in the world?  

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

We always think of summer as vacation time - time to play! And one of the spectacular benefits of living in Sonoma County is that we are home to amazing musicians who love to play music for their neighbors! Weather is good - venues vary from arks to concert arenas - food is available for those who just want to sit and relax - dance floors about for those who can't help themselves but have to MOVE! It's everything we want for summer fun. And some of these concerts even benefit good causes! Win/Win for everyone! 15 venues with live music all summer long for FREE or under $25 a ticket.

2019-06-02Jun 2, 2019

This article is the first in a series tracing the route of the old North Pacific Coast Railroad north to the Russian River and beyond. This railroad was a key link that helped shape the development of the North Bay. Today, its route represents not only a travel back through time, but a unique way to experience Marin and Sonoma Counties.  EcoRing, a green travel organization in the North Bay, advocates stitching together existing pathway segments and extending the route on publically owned portions of the original route to the Russian River.  For more information visit www.ecoring.org.

2019-06-01Jun 1, 2019

I credit the Sonoma Overlook Trail, and now also the contiguous Montini Preserve, for adding years to my life (too early to tell, though). This is because hiking became what I would do for daily cardiovascular exercise. 

2019-05-30May 30, 2019

Of course, some people have great luck with farming, but I don’t believe anyone will tell you it’s an easy life. Every child in my mother’s family did farm chores. The youngest at age three fed the chickens and hunted for eggs. The oldest helped their father feed the cows and do the daily milking. My mother recalls a year they planted eight sacks of potatoes and only grew eight sacks of potatoes! That was a hunger year. My grandmother Alice Baker worked as a sharecropper at the age of 12 with her four siblings. When her children were small on the Homestead, she taught them not to greedily fill their stomachs. She led them in saying grace and leaving food so that the whole family would get enough to eat. In other words, eat to live not live to eat. So, I congratulate Cotati for their vision and follow-through on Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 

2019-05-23May 23, 2019

The Graton Green Group and Sonoma County Ag + Open Space are pleased to announce the grand opening of Graton Green (Green) – a half-acre property located just off Graton Road (between Bowen and Edison Streets) in the heart of the community. As the only public park in Graton, the Green is conveniently located along the West County Trail and includes seating areas, walkways, and a creek. The Green is also adjacent to Green Valley Village – ten new single-family lots that open onto the park. The grand opening event will be Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00pm 

2019-08-28Aug 28, 2019

As native carnivores, bobcats (Lynx rufus) are an indicator species of ecosystem health. Yet they face growing challenges as their habitat disappears and human impacts increasingly affect their ability to survive. Fortunately, lawmakers and a coalition of organizations are advancing bills through this session of the California State Legislature that, if passed, would protect bobcats from cruel and senseless killing. AB 1254 passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in Senate Appropriations on August 30. If released, it could hit the Senate floor quickly. Residents can contact their senator and urge a ‘Yes’ vote on AB 1254. 

 

2019-05-22May 22, 2019

New Rules Aimed at Reducing Impacts on River Parks, Neighborhoods

To help reduce visitor impacts on Russian River parks and neighborhoods, Sonoma County Regional Parks is regulating alcohol possession and commercial bus access at Steelhead and Sunset beaches from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 

 

2019-05-12May 12, 2019

Athletes from around the world compete in Ironman Triathlons - literally - around the world. When you look at the schedule this organization has you can see that our home is one of many where super-athletes compete with each other in totally different climates and terrains This year, Ironman started with the swim at Lake Sonoma and ended in Santa Rosa's new Courthouse Square.

2019-05-10May 10, 2019

Join Fort Ross Conservancy as we come together for the statewide movement lead by The California Academy of Sciences to get out to the coast, search for as many creatures as we can find, and share the photos of our discoveries on the website and app, iNaturalist. We will be meeting at Fort Ross State Historic Park  at 9:00 am to witness as much of the - 0.8  tide at 9:40 am as possible.  

2019-05-05May 5, 2019

Sonoma County, CA — May is National Bike to Work Month, created by the League of American Cyclists in 1956 as a way to promote the benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give it a try. Cycling to work reduces carbon emissions and traffic congestion, improves physical and mental health, and saves money...plus, it’s fun!Throughout the month of May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) is offering activities to support those willing to give commuting on two wheels a try.

 

2019-05-04May 4, 2019

If you are feeding birds in your garden, you are one of more than 50 million North Americans feeding wild birds.  The benefits to humans are obvious.  We get tremendous pleasure from watching feeder birds, such as our colorful House Finches and lively Oak Titmice.  But, do the birds themselves gain any advantages from getting food from feeders?  A study done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology has found that populations of bird species that use feeders frequently tend to stay steady or increase slightly compared to species that do not use feeders.   Additional research also concluded that forest birds that visited feeders tended to have less stress and more rapid feather growth than those that had no access to feeders.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District expects to see a rise in the adult mosquito population as temperatures increase this spring. The series of atmospheric rivers that drenched Marin and Sonoma counties this past winter and early spring left behind large areas of stagnant water. Vector control technicians are out in force responding to service requests from residents and checking areas with standing water in an effort to keep the adult mosquito population at bay.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Sonoma County is at a crossroads right now with new and ongoing challenges such as climate change and extreme weather, housing needs, and transportation. The upcoming General Plan update are intended to provide a vision and path forward and to provide certainty for residents and voters in the long-term.

2019-04-17Apr 17, 2019

Regional Parks is proposing to develop a 19.3 mile long multi-use trail along the Russian River corridor between Mirabel Park and Jenner. The trail would provide a safe walking and cycling alternative for commuters and visitors traveling this congested corridor. 

2019-04-10Apr 10, 2019
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2019-08-19Aug 19, 2019

Held on a rural ranch, a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival celebrates year twenty-five this summer. Sophisticated yet down-home, it’s garnered the reputation of being one of the premier art, wine, beer and food festivals in California. This annual benefit attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, The Birds. The festival is a food lover’s dream, especially for people who love seafood. Non-fish eaters will have no trouble finding delicious vegetarian options, meat, chicken and sweet treats galore. 

2019-04-09Apr 9, 2019
2019-08-05Aug 5, 2019

First, we dreamed a wonderful book about Sonoma Mountain. Then we created three very successful book launch parties— attended by 550 people like you—to raise awareness of the mountain in our backyard. Now we are stepping back to vision and dream what's next for us as an organization speaking for the Mountain. We'd love your input about what's important and of interest to you. The Google poll takes about two minutes.

2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019

These days, climbers often learn basic skills at an indoor climbing gym or through the mentorship process as experienced climbers train their friends at the crag. Most of the tens of thousands of climbers in North America today will never even own a rock hammer, and that’s a good thing. 

2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019

Beauty abounds everywhere while hiking the Sonoma Coast Kortum Trail from the ocean vistas, crashing waves, glorious sunsets & scenic hiking trails. Oh yes, there are some famous rocks there too!

Sunset Rocks, also known as the Mammoth Rub, stand tall in the vista. Take a deep breath and feel the peace that settles over you while in their presence. Their striking height and tumbling rocks draw you to them.

 

2019-07-31Jul 31, 2019

This year was our 7th Annual CARe SHOW for kids. The Petaluma Salvation Army fundraiser to send kids off to school with the supplies they need to succeed. We had great crowds. Lots of fun and over seventy five of the counties finest hot rods, dragsters, stock collectables....well you name it and the owners shared it with us. The Petaluma Elks came out and did the BBQing.

2019-07-02Jul 2, 2019

What the song sparrow lacks in bright colors, it makes up for in its song repertoire. This bird can really sing, writes local bird watcher Lisa Hug in this introduction to the bird's habits and national fanbase.

2019-07-01Jul 1, 2019

Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County year-round, including Fourth of July

Here is a schedule of LEGAL FIREWORKS EVENTS IN SONOMA COUNTY

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